How to Engage Students and Prepare Them for a Career Using Autodesk Fusion 360

If you teach engineering, you know that your students leave your classrooms and go into a myriad of industries and job roles. Helping students prepare for and experiment in many different fields can be a challenge with limited classroom time. As an educator, you must find tools that span various industries and job roles to expand your students’ horizons without overwhelming them. Autodesk Fusion 360 is a great multi-use tool to help your students prepare for any engineering, design, electronics, or manufacturing career pathway.

Autodesk Fusion 360 is a cloud-based 3D modeling, CAD, CAM, CAE, and PCB software platform for product design and manufacturing. Fusion 360 unifies design, engineering, electronics, and manufacturing into a single software platform. It is increasingly used in the classroom as a foundational tool for students. According to Autodesk, with Fusion 360, your students can design and engineer products to ensure aesthetics, form, fit, and function; reduce the impact of design, engineering, and PCB changes and ensure manufacturability with simulation and generative design tools; and directly edit existing features or model fixtures with the only truly integrated CAD + CAM software tool.

Since Fusion 360 is still the new kid on the block, many teachers may not be as familiar with how to teach to and leverage the platform with their students. We’re here to help! On April 26th, we discussed Fusion 360 and how to successfully leverage it in your classroom. We sat down with experts from industry and education (check out the line-up below) to discuss tips on boosting students’ engagement and creativity using Fusion 360 in the classroom. Together we learned about the different industry applications for Fusion 360, and why Fusion 360 is a skill that helps students distinguish themselves and their resume. 

You can see the full recording here

Meet the Panelists

We’re so excited to bring in industry and education experts for this incredible session.

Matthew Anderle, LEED AP and Autodesk Expert Elite is the Director of Digital Strategy for the Digital Practice & Technology group with a focus on the Americas. He is a BIM and design technology evangelist with over 22 years of experience establishing global BIM workflows and standards around content, training, interoperability, and digital delivery methods. His experience spans over multiple market sectors with emphasis on large healthcare facilities, data centers, aviation, government projects, and residential. Matt is a leader in the innovative and efficient implementation of BIM processes for a variety of project types. He manages and directs large project teams on inter-office BIM collaboration workflows, enabling global offices to work as one entity.

Marc Aranguren is a Physics and Engineering Teacher of 10 years at Hillside High School, New Jersey, USA. At this school, he began the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program six years ago. In addition, he is the mentor for their Engineering and Robotics after-school club, where they compete in REC’s VEX Robotics Competitions and Virtual Drone Competitions, VRAD. His mission is to guide students in identifying their passions and enhancing their skills to increase the accessibility of STEAM career paths.

Craig Hughes is an Engineering and Technology Education teacher, teaching Project Lead the Way (PLTW) engineering courses at Batesville High School in Batesville, Indiana. He has been teaching at Batesville High School for 12 years and has been working with PLTW for 8 years as a Master Teacher, training teachers to teach their Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) and Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA) courses. He is an alumnus of Purdue University and Ball State University which has led him to his passion for teaching and branching out to start his own YouTube channel to provide tutorials and help for PLTW students and teachers.

Ready to learn tips and tricks for engaging your students with Autodesk Fusion 360? Catch the webinar here